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In Focus: 10/6/2011

A weekly newsletter published by the Communications Office

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NEW LIGHTING ENABLES SOCCER, LACROSSE TEAMS TO PLAY AT NIGHT

Southwestern’s soccer and lacrosse teams will soon be embarking on a new era of competition: night games. Thanks to a generous donation from current parents, the Athletic Department has installed lights on the soccer/lacrosse competition field and will soon install lights on the nearby pedestrian walkway and parking lot.

Lights will allow the teams to practice and compete on the field later into the evening, reducing the amount of class time missed by student athletes. Night games will also improve the fan experience for students and community members, and elevate the competition environment for Pirate athletes.

“This addition will take the program to an even higher level as the night venue will be a significant boost to recruiting and to student and fan attendance,” said Men’s Soccer Coach Don Gregory. “It has been a dream for quite a while to play under the lights, and now ‘hitting the switch’ will be a reality.”

Read more here.

ART PROFESSOR’S NEW WORK EXPLORES AND DOCUMENTS A DISAPPEARING CULTURE

To a casual observer, Art Professor Star Varner’s latest works may just look like an abstract combination of lines, dots and dashes.

The prints have a much deeper meaning, however. And what is particularly interesting is how she created them.

In addition to being an artist whose work has been in more than 100 exhibitions, Varner is one of only a handful of professional trick ropers left in the world. Now, for the first time, she is – cautiously – using her ropes to create artwork.

And the results are getting attention. Her newest works were selected to travel in the United States and abroad as part of “Engraving 2009,” and will be part of the Southern Graphics Council International juried members’ exhibition slated to travel in the United States for three years before traveling internationally for two. In February, she was invited to present her new work at the annual meeting of the College Art Association as part of a panel title “PROOF: Printmaking as Evidence.” 

Read more here.

LEADERS NAMED FOR SCIENCE CENTER ADVISORY COUNCIL

Dr. Timothy Boone, who is frequently listed as one of the best doctors in the nation in the field of urology, has accepted an appointment to serve as chair of Southwestern’s Science Center Advisory Council. The Council was formed this year to help design and fund the development of Southwestern’s new $24 million Science Center. Dr. Dan Stultz, a 1973 Southwestern graduate who currently serves as president of the Texas Hospital Association, has been named vice chair of the council.

Read more here.

Events

SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS SPONSORING EVENT TO BENEFIT BASTROP FIRE VICTIMS

The Sarofim School of Fine Arts is hosting a fundraiser to support Bastrop Fire Relief efforts on Friday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater. The fundraiser will feature a concert by faculty members Nicholas Simpson, tenor; David Utterback, piano; Bruce Cain, baritone; and Dana Zenobi, soprano. The program includes excerpts from La Bohème, La Traviata and Cavalleria Rusticana.

Household items and monetary donations will be accepted at the door. All donations will go to The Red Cross to help those in Bastrop who still need assistance.

For more information, call The Sarofim School of Fine Arts at 512-863-1504.

NEW ART EXHIBIT OPENS OCT. 12

A new exhibit titled “Full Circle: The Art of Materials, Research, and Creation in Rapid Prototyping” opens in the Fine Arts Gallery Oct. 12 and will run through Nov. 9.

The exhibit features sculptural works by Southwestern University Art Professor Mary Visser and artists from around the world that have been made using a computer-aided technique known as rapid prototyping. The exhibition is being held in conjunction with the international exhibition and symposium on digital sculpture INTERSCULPT 2011 sponsored by Ars Mathematica in Lorraine, France, for the festival of Science sponsored by the French Government. This exhibition will feature the early and later works of the artists from the International Rapid Prototyping Sculpture Exhibition that traveled across the United States and also appeared in France, England, Australia, China and New Zealand. 

The exhibition will demonstrate the diverse procedures, materials and machines that make their appearance in the studio of a “silicon-age” sculptor. The majority of the time, this studio is wired to the Internet, allowing a work, or a part of the work, to be realized far from the artist’s site of creation.

The gallery is open from 1-5 p.m. daily. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held Oct. 20 from 4-6 p.m. in the gallery.        

WIND ENSEMBLE AND ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM OCT. 15

The Southwestern University Wind Ensemble and Orchestra will present their annual fall concert on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater. The concert will be conducted by Lois Ferrari and includes works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Antonin Dvorák, Felix Mendelssohn, Guy Woolfenden, Dmitri Shostakovich and Richard Wagner.  

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call The Sarofim School of Fine Arts at 512-863-1504.

COMMUNITY GARDEN SPONSORING FREE WORKSHOP OCT. 18

The Southwestern Community Garden is sponsoring a free workshop on plant families on Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 4-5 p.m.  The workshop will be facilitated by Williamson County Master Gardener volunteers, as well as Southwestern students and faculty members who are involved with the Community Garden.

Space is limited and anyone interested in attending the workshops should register in advance. To register, contact Molly Jensen, faculty advisor for the Community Garden, at 863-1797 or jensenm@southwestern.edu.

Media Coverage

Two Southwestern students were featured in a story the NCAA put out about student-athletes who study abroad. Read the story here.

Community Impact newspaper did a story on Southwestern’s new initiatives. Read the story here.

Notables

Bob Bednar, associate professor of communication studies, has a chapter in a book titled Rhetoric, Remembrance, and Visual Form that is scheduled to be published Oct. 18 by Routledge. His chapter is titled “Denying Denial: Trauma, Memory, and Automobility at Roadside Car Crash Shrines.”

Laura Hobgood-Oster, professor of religion, will be presiding at “Religion, Nature and Art,” an international, interdisciplinary conference that will take place at the Vatican Museums in Rome Oct. 12-14. The conference is co-sponsored by the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (ISSRNC) and the Vatican Museums. At the conference, Hobgood-Oster will be installed as president of the ISSRNC.  

2011 graduate Juan Juarez was interviewed by Telemundo about his experience with Teach for America. Watch the segment here. Juarez also is one of three Teach for America participants who have been selected to keep a video diary of their first year teaching experience for Katy Couric. The three will be featured on Couric’s show next August.    

Ken Roberts, professor of economics, recently had an article published in the Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies. The article is titled “The Settlement of Rural Migrants in Urban China: Some of China’s Migrants are not Floating Anymore.” Roberts co-authored the article with Rachel Connelly and Zhenzhen Zhen.    

Kimberly Smith, associate professor of art history, presented a paper at the 35th annual German Studies Association conference in Louisville, Ky., Sept. 25. The paper was titled “Ekphrasis, Empathy, and the Critical Imagination in Art History,” and was included on a panel titled “Einfühlung and the Modern Aesthetic.” Smith also moderated a related panel on the topic of “Einfühlung after 1900.”